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Pepperdine Law Graduates Sworn in to State and Federal Courts 

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One hundred and twelve Pepperdine Law graduates were sworn in to state and federal courts in front of friends and family on Friday, Dec. 10 at the School of Law in Malibu, California. The ceremony celebrated graduates who passed the July 2010 California Bar Exam.

The Honorable Tricia Bigelow, a justice on the Second District Court of Appeal, Division Eight, and a 1986 alumna of the School of Law, administered the state oath. The Honorable Bruce Einhorn, retired Federal Immigration Judge and director of Pepperdine’s Asylum Clinic, administered the federal oath.

In her remarks, Justice Bigelow encouraged alumni to “be guided by principles and not circumstances.” As graduates took oath to support of the constitution of the United States, Judge Einhorn advised them to not forget the lessons learned in law school and to never stop fighting for the underprivileged.

The results of the July 2010 California Bar Exam were recently released, and Pepperdine had 88.3 percent of first-time test takers pass. The overall passage rate for all takers (first-time and repeat takers) from all schools for the exam was 54.8 percent. The passage rate among first-time takers from ABA accredited California schools was 75 percent.

Tim Perrin, vice dean of the School of Law, called the school "very pleased" with the results. “We are extremely proud of our students who worked so hard for the success they earned,” he said.

Read an op-ed from graduate Amy Poyer (JD ’10) in the Daily Journal’s New Lawyer.